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Unable to join a Win7-client to domain RRS feed

  • Question

  • I set up an AD onto the WHS.
    Now I wish to join the Win7-clients to the domain but it doesn´t work.
    Two WinXP Prof. clients joined without any problem.

    I read something about that clients with W2k7 Premium Home can not join a domain.
    So do I have to upgrade to W2k7 Professional?
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 1:44 PM

All replies

  • Active Directory is not supported on, and is known to cause problems with, Windows Home Server. Windows Home Server cannot be a member server ina domain, because it's based on the same core as Small Business Server 2003 (which requires that it be PDC if a domain is configured). And if you make it a domain controller you replace the local users with domain users, which the Windows Home Server tools can't manage properly. In addition, running DCPROMO is an explicit violation of the Windows Home Server EULA.

    Your best recourse is going to be to perform a server reinstallation, I'm afraid.

    As for joining computers to a domain, you can join Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate, and Windows 7 Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate to a domain. You should do some reading on e.g. Technet or MSDN to learn more about domain concepts and management.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 2:01 PM
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